The upcoming movie year will feature much more of the same--superheroes, Katniss Everdeen and a new chapter in the Paranormal Activity franchise.
The next 12 months also promise something new by modern Hollywood standards. Expect several big-budget, star-studded films featuring Biblical characters and themes.
Mary Mother of Christ, whose title character will be played by Odeya Rush, a 16-year-old Israeli-born actress, is one of a series of unashamedly Christian biblical epics due to appear next year, marking an unprecedented overture by Hollywood to America’s evangelical heartland.
Studio executives who have spent the past few years releasing superhero and zombie films have, it seems, had an epiphany. Now their new best friends are evangelical pastors whose endorsements they actively seek, even inviting them on to sets during production. Pastors in turn play clips from films of which they approve to 10,000-strong congregations on 40-ft wide movie screens.